WE ARE ON A CRITICAL JOURNEY:
CREATING THE STRUCTURES OF A
When I entered law school in 1970, I was told that I would be learning about the best legal system possible. I later came to realize that there are actually two models of justice, and I had only been taught about one.
Then I discovered that the two models of justice reflect even deeper structures: Oneness and duality. That's when other problems that were persistent and seemingly unsolvable began to make sense.
When we use the term “justice,” what do we mean? This is where the confusion begins. We often use the term to mean two separate and mutually-exclusive forms of justice.
One form of justice seeks vengeance, retribution and proportional revenge. The other seeks healing and restoration, and sometimes even leads to transformation. I call this transformative model "unitive justice."
Without language that clearly distinguishes which one we mean, we easily confuse the two. We are sometimes intentionally confused by those who use the punitive model while having others think they are using unitive justice.
But the confusion goes even deeper and extends beyond the legal system. Because the source of the problem is systemic, we find it reflected in systems such as business, education and religion.
As we look deeper, we discover that the two forms of justice, our contradictory religious doctrines, even schools that are out of control, are actually reflections of our confusion around the underlying structures of Oneness and duality.
The organizing principle of Oneness lies at the root of all that is, but we lose our way being immersed in the disorganizing process of duality.
When we recognize these underlying patterns, our world of greed, violence, and war in the midst of breathtaking acts of love, kindness, and generosity makes perfect sense.
We think the answer has to be complex and difficult to fathom, but in fact, it is simple and fundamental. Solving the problems will not happen overnight, because we are entangled in duality on many levels. But with a map for manifesting Oneness, it is possible.
How to begin is now clearly within our reach. I invite you to join me on this journey toward Oneness, an undertaking of critical importance for our world today and the future of our children and grandchildren. It is a movement that is growing and swiftly taking root.